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#1 Jose_49

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:02

Hello Neowin community! I needed to write this out so I could feel free from it. These are my set of improvements that I believe that Windows 8 needs to have.
First of all, before any of you think that the first improvement is to disable Metro, you are wrong. Metro has been a start, but I feel it needs to be polished further.
  • Allow multiple dragging in Start Screen. They added multiple selections (Thanks God), but need to have the ability to multiple drag objects at the same time.
  • Have an option to extend the Start Screen through all the screens (When having 2+ of them).
  • Have a “metro-ized” Windows Explorer. (Like Internet Explorer with its 2 versions)
  • When clicking on the network icon or something else, it triggers a humongous vertical rectangle; make it so it doesn’t take part of the taskbar (when positioned horizontally).
  • Jump Menu in Start Screen. One of the biggest features of Win 7 Start Menu was the ability of a jump list which was great for launching recent files. This could be implemented like this:
    • Right click on an icon and on the upper screen or in the bar that comes from below, make a list appear displaying the most recent or pinned items.
  • Add an optional shortcut to shutdown/restart/hibernate/sleep faster (Could be at the user’s tile).
  • Have a folder or make folders with an animated effect of contracting and expanding its content (fading or scrolling effect). contents. This is to make the Start Screen more organized. I wouldn’t like to meet it when it reaches to 100+ programs (Zoom will not help)
  • Have more than 2 metro apps running at the screen. I believe that having 2 at a time (max) is not enough. There are many of them that can be split in fewer dimensions.
  • Have a keyboard combination or a mouse gesture which allows resizing the Metro Apps to your own like + an option of Tile Vertically, Horizontally or Stacked (Within the Metro Ecosystem).
  • Option to have multiple background images so it can fit the proportions (or make a still one with a background, much like implementing the Desktop’s wallpaper configuration to it) of the screen .
  • Allow the Start Screen to pin items wherever you want, as Desktop Style. What I mean is to allow putting an item in a position you want without the other moving to another column. (I was ****ed off with the CP and DP when I tried organizing the items the way I liked)
  • Add the RGB combination of colors to the Start Screen.
  • Make dark window-colors readable when Aero Basic is enabled. Try putting it black, you won’t be able to read the current Window at all.
  • All-Search (Independent). It’s a very welcomed feature the distribution of search within a specified category (Files, Settings and Programs), but I feel that they need to bring back the unsorted search like Windows Vista/7; you could press start and search anything and the first thing that pops up would generally match what you were looking for. (This could be triggered through a WinKey combination)
  • Make a mini-start screen available. There are many people which are infuriated with Metro for taking away their focus on what they were originally doing.
  • Dramatically improve the Metro Versions of Video and Music Players: Make it more Zune.
  • Make the start button an option. Could be disabled by default, but I feel uncomfortable when I need to go to the edge of the screen to trigger the Start Screen (Although I believe I’ll get used to it in time).
  • Make Kinect gestures available to the Metro interface. It’s perfectly usable with Kinect, why not implement it by default?
  • Add the ability to multiple select the files instantaneously with the mouse. This is the same as selecting multiple files when pressing the left button of the mouse (without letting go of it) and going all over the files. Shift combination should also be implemented.

Well, there they are. I haven't come up with anything else to improve Win8 experience, so what do you guys think?


#2 tuanese

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:06

Microsoft won't listen to you (or anybody). Period.

#3 OP Jose_49

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:08

Microsoft won't listen to you (or anybody). Period.

At least I got it out from my soul. They won't be haunting me anymore.

#4 bogas04

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:09

At least I got it out from my soul. They won't be haunting me anymore.

stop watching too much anime.

#5 Dot Matrix

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:14

Microsoft won't listen to you (or anybody). Period.


Where do you think all these changes came from so far?

#6 vetCalum

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:17

Microsoft won't listen to you (or anybody). Period.

I'm always interested in seeing how others believe a product can be improved, if it's a product that I'm interested in (like Windows 8 is). Microsoft do listen to feedback from many people sometimes, but even if you don't believe they will, there's no harm in publishing a list of what you'd like to see, either just in case anyone from Microsoft sees it or just to start a discussion :)

#7 techguy77

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:41

My list is simpler.

1. Give us option to disable Metro or choose whether to install it or not during Setup.
2. If i get option to disable Metro i don't give a f. about what you gonna do with it for those who wants to use it.

:)

#8 Dot Matrix

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 14:08

My list is simpler.

1. Give us option to disable Metro or choose whether to install it or not during Setup.
2. If i get option to disable Metro i don't give a f. about what you gonna do with it for those who wants to use it.

:)


In that case, why buy into Windows 8? Sounds to me like you'd be wasting money just to re-buy Windows 7. Windows 8 IS Metro, whether you want it or not. Take Metro (everything) away, and all you're left with is a new Explorer layout.

#9 Guest_glyfz_*

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 14:11

In that case, why buy into Windows 8? Sounds to me like you'd be wasting money just to re-buy Windows 7. Windows 8 IS Metro, whether you want it or not. Take Metro (everything) away, and all you're left with is a new Explorer layout.


Not true, there's more to Windows 8 than Metro.

#10 simplezz

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 14:36

In that case, why buy into Windows 8? Sounds to me like you'd be wasting money just to re-buy Windows 7.

If it's a new PC, there isn't much choice, unless the OEM's offer to install Win7 instead (unlikely).

Windows 8 IS Metro, whether you want it or not. Take Metro (everything) away, and all you're left with is a new Explorer layout.

The desktop could be metro styled without forcing the start screen/tile interface down everybody's throats.

#11 Sekyal

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 18:46

Interesting list.

15.One is now available from a 3rd party and I'm sure that's how it will stay, MS won't veer from the new Start Screen
16. As noted in the CP these are previews, I'm sure they'll get more features, although hard to say how much more will be added.
17. Why are you moving the mouse all the way round for the "start button" when the WinKey is so much easier to hit?

#12 jakem1

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 19:15

My list is simpler.

1. Give us option to disable Metro or choose whether to install it or not during Setup.
2. If i get option to disable Metro i don't give a f. about what you gonna do with it for those who wants to use it.

:)


It's not going to happen so you might as well stop constantly moaning about it. You need to get with the times.

#13 Active.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 19:18

It's not going to happen so you might as well stop constantly moaning about it. You need to get with the times.

Did people have to 'get with the times' when Vista was released? Windows Me? Microsoft Bob?

#14 pack34

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 19:23

I can see some of these happening.

#15 Kirkburn

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 19:26

Did people have to 'get with the times' when Vista was released? Windows Me? Microsoft Bob?

Yes, yes and no. Not immediately, but likely eventually. For example, Vista and Me both introduced elements of Windows almost everyone happily takes for granted now (e.g. overhauled UI, and system restore, respectively). That being said, I am not endorsing the Win8 changes, as I have yet to experience them first hand.